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California Nurse Awarded National Association's Highest Honor

Dodi Gauthier Receives the 2014 Distinguished Professional Service Award


NEWS RELEASE: June 16, 2014

CONTACT: Kelly Mack 202-296-2002


Washington, DC - The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) presented its highest honor, the Distinguished Professional Service Award, to Dodi Gauthier, M.Ed, BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, for her contributions to the field of women's and newborn care. The award was presented at the AWHONN national convention in Orlando, Florida and is sponsored by JOHNSON'S Baby.

Since 1977, Ms. Gauthier has cared for laboring women in a variety of settings. She is currently the coordinator of perinatal education and maternal transport at Cottage Health System in Santa Barbara, California. In that capacity, she orients new staff for the birth center and antepartum units, leads all unit policy and procedure updates, implements change both with new practices and new products, and provides direct patient care as a staff nurse. She also is very involved teaching basic life support system wide and advanced cardiac life support with an obstetric focus.

A long-time AWHONN member, Ms. Gauthier has served as a leader in the AWHONN California section, as a Board Member at the national level, as a presenter at both state and national AWHONN conferences and webinars, as an author of AWHONN's Fetal Heart Monitoring Principles and Practices, 4th and 5th ed., and as a mentor to AWHONN's emerging leaders.

"Dodi's commitment to improving the health of women and newborns through education and mentorship has impacted the lives of countless families," said AWHONN's Chief Executive Officer Lynn Erdman, MN, RN, FAAN. "Her exemplary leadership and dedication to the nursing profession make her a clear choice for AWHONN's 2014 Distinguished Professional Service Award."

Ms. Gauthier received her diploma in nursing from Mercy Medical Center School of Nursing in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. She earned both a master's degree in education and baccalaureate degree in nursing from Westminster College of Salt Lake City in Utah. Ms. Gauthier is one of five nurses on the state-wide Pregnancy Mortality Review Committee, a subcommittee of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative. She also educates paramedics, EMTs, and firefighters on how to care for and transport pregnant women.



The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) is the foremost nursing authority that advances the health care of women and newborns through advocacy, research and the creation of high quality, evidence-based standards of care.

AWHONN represents the interests of the more than 350,000 nurses who care for women (throughout their lifespan) and newborns. The membership of AWHONN is at a 15-year high and growing at 24,000.

AWHONN's members are clinicians, educators and executives who serve as patient care advocates focusing on the needs of women and infants. A leader in professional development, AWHONN holds the distinction of receiving the Premier Program award by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for innovation and excellence in Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) three times.

Founded in 1969 as the Nurses Association of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the association became a separate nonprofit organization called the Association of Women's Health and Neonatal Nurses in 1993.

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